2nd Annual Children’s Book Festival Comes to Pontypridd

Sibeal Pounder, PG Bell, Matt Brown and Eloise Williams are just a few of the authors coming to Pontypridd on Saturday 18th May

20 authors and other guests taking in best sellers and local talent from the worlds of fiction, non-fiction, prose and poetry will be delivering a range of readings, workshops, interviews and Q&As. In addition we will have loads of activities, stalls and displays and even a Fair Trade Tuck Shop!

The festival will take place across three great venues in Pontypridd. Firstly Will Millard and Adele Nozedar in Ynysangharad Park (Tuesday May 14th) will do a couple of walk and talks.

There will also be four free events at Pontypridd Library (Saturday 18th May 10am-2pm) with George Summers, Jennifer Van-Baaren, Meleri Wyn James and Matt Brown.

Last but not least we will be in Pontypridd Museum (Saturday 18th May 10am-5pm) with even more author events from writers such as Sibeal Pounder, PG Bell and Eloise Williams as well as bookstalls, facepainting, storytelling and more.

The author events

Broadcaster and author Will Millard will host a walk and talk on fishing, life and more. There might even be an appearance from a fish or two!

Renowned author Adele Nozedar who will uncover the extensive variety of plants that have a plethora of uses that can be foraged

David Brayley, author of Champions of Champions and Ashley Williams My Premiership Diary will explain the importance of reading for pleasure and how he traces his individual journey as an author directly back to books that he read as a child.

clare e. potter will be delivering a multi-generational poetry workshop, Granddads and Granddaughters, Mums and Sons, Dads and Daughters all welcome.

All aboard the Train to Impossible Places! Join the adventure with author P.G. Bell and his fantastic characters: Suzy, a very clever human girl; Postmaster Wilmot, a troll; and Ursel, a very yellow bear.

Come along and meet author Sibéal Pounder. There will be spells, lots of laughter and some serious shoe envy! Headwear strongly encouraged.

Join us for a debate and discussion on the wide world of teenage literature with three great YA authors, Kristina Perez, Faye Bird and Ruth Morgan.

You don’t have to travel far to find myth and magic. Claire Fayers, author of The Accidental Pirates, turns her attention to Wales in her latest book. A monstrous stormhound, one of Odin’s hunting pack, has fallen from the sky and is at large in Abergavenny.

Do you want to write for children? Do you have creativity? Enthusiasm? Voices in your head? Eloise Williams does and she wants to help you with yours. Come and take part in a workshop which will put you in touch with your inner child. Put pencil to paper and play with words.

George Summers will be leading a workshop as part of a project with Willmott Dixon, the developers and builders of the new Taff Vale site, to develop a story about the cranes building the new library which will be published in a book as the final project.

Local author Jennifer Van-Baaren will be reading from her books and engaging children with activities.

Meleri Wyn James author of the Na, Nel! series will be delivering a Welsh language event. Hwyl a direidi a chyfle i greu yng nghwmni Na, Nel! a’r awdures Meleri Wyn James.

Join Matt as he chats about his new books, why monsters are awesome (especially scary ones), and gives you top tips to become a better writer.

The festival takes place at the iconic Pontypridd Museum and Pontypridd Library. Entry is FREE, individual author events are ticketed and cost from £0-5 www.ticketsource.co.uk/pontypridd-childrens-book-festival

All Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

The festival is supported by Cardiff Book Festival, Pontypridd Town Council, Pontypridd Museum, Tesco Bags of Help and the Co-op Community Fund.
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